Sandy (or James) Linton, his boat and bairns (1843 - 1846)
About this artwork
Hill and Adamson took about 120 photographs of fishing life at Newhaven and intended to publish them in a separate album. They admired the strength of the fishermen and their families, flourishing even in times of great economic difficulty. Boys learned from their fathers how to manage the small, open boats, which travelled a hundred miles up the east coast to the summer fishing grounds. As it turned out later, the design of the boats was particularly dangerous. A disastrous storm in the 1840s killed men from the north but no one from Newhaven.
- title: Sandy (or James) Linton, his boat and bairns
- accession number: PGP HA 770
- artists: Robert AdamsonScottish (1821 - 1848) David Octavius HillScottish (1802 - 1870)
- depicted: Sandy (or James) Linton
- gallery: Scottish National Portrait Gallery(Print Room)
- object type: Photograph
- subject: Fishing industry
- materials: Calotype print
- date created: 1843 - 1846
- measurements: 19.50 x 14.20 cm
- credit line: Provenance unknown
David Octavius Hill
Robert Adamson was one of the first professional photographers, setting up in business in Edinburgh in March 1843. He had aspired to be an engineer but his health was too poor. His brother, John, who was involved in the early experiments with photography in St Andrews, taught him the calotype process. Shortly after opening his studio on Calton Hill, Robert met the painter David Octavius Hill. They worked together for a few weeks on studies for a grand painting of the Free Church of Scotland before entering into partnership to explore the possibilities of photography. Despite Adamson's early death, the two produced some of the most impressive works taken in the medium and greatly influenced later practice in the art.
David Octavius Hill
A painter and a lithographer by training, David Octavius Hill is best remembered for the beauty of the calotypes he and Robert Adamson produced together. Hill was a sociable and kind-hearted man who did much to support the arts in Scotland and between 1830 and 1836 he was the unpaid Secretary of the newly established Royal Scottish Academy. After Adamson's death, Hill's attempt to start a new partnership with the photographer Alexander MacGlashan around 1860 failed. Hill is to this day revered as one of the first in the trade who transformed photography into an art form.